The dust has barely settled following Age of Empires 4's launch and developers World's Edge and Relic Entertainment have already shared the real-time strategy game's 2021-2022 roadmap, detailing the changes and updates that players can expect in the near future, including mod support, ranked seasons, and more.
Age of Empires 4's 2021-2022 roadmap was revealed shortly after its first post-launch patch went live, introducing a smaller slate of fixes targeting Xbox Account linking, as well as an issue with the Mongol Town Center that can no longer be built right next to an opponent’s Town Center.
First on the Age of Empires 4 2021-2022 roadmap is the Winter 2021 update, which comes with "hundreds of balance changes," while also allowing players to enable in-game player score "on a case-by-case basis," in both custom lobby multiplayer and skirmish matches.
This update will also move the Chinese Dynasty button to the lower left-hand corner of the screen, while letting players view the map after a match has completed. Easy switching between the completed map and post-game stats is also being considered for an update that will follow in Spring 2022.
Age of Empires 4's Winter 2021 Update will also bring some additional refinements to the minimap, like reducing the size of icons, ensuring the Wonder icon matches the one on the HUD, and adjusting the color of certain resources. As far as balance goes, the French Hulk should become less of a threat, while the Chinese Repeater crossbow unit will have its cost significantly reduced.
Next up on Age of Empires 4's 2021-2022 roadmap is the Spring 2022 update, that brings with it mod support and the start of ranked seasons. The latter will last for 12 weeks, but more details will be shared closer to release.
Further ahead, the developers are considering additions like a global build queue, hotkey and unit stat card improvements alongside cheats, waypoint indicators, and tweaks to AI difficulty. You can find more details about these changes in their dedicated article.
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